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CONGRATULATIONS! Sandcutters Winners July - September 2017

Posted by [email protected] on October 15, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

September 2017 Winners

 

Von Bourland                   A Six Year Old’s Naptime

                                          Firefly Trees            

 

Paul Callahan                    Harrington

 

Charles Firmage                Fattening Frogs for Snakes

                                           God and Papa                               

                                           No Smoking Please – 1968

                               

Ann Penton                        Haiku:  “loosely tethered…”                     

 

Kim Sosin                           Mother’s Journal

 

Mariana Warner                  Old Fashioned         

 


August 2017 Winners

 

Von Bourland                     April Rain

                                           Nighthawk

 

David Byrn                         What is Salmon?

                                             Fadeout

 

Gail Denham                      Haiku:  “reprieve at noon…”

                                           Memaloose Retreat  …family – past, present

 

Charles Firmage                 The Gift

 

Jane Stuart                          An Autumn Butterfly

                                           A Summer Dream



July 2017 Winners

 

Von Bourland                     Asthmatic Dreams

 

Paul Callahan                      Summer Monsoon

                                            Nature’s Smile

 

Gail Denham                      Haiku:  “daffodils sighted…”

 

Charles Firmage                 We Won’t Be Back Till Dawn

 

Ann Penton                        Concerto in B Minor for Crochet Hook and Yarn

 

Alan Perry                          Bow Valley Watchers

 

Janet McMillan Rives        This is the Day

                                            Penmanship  --  for Cassandra

April, May & June 2017 Monthly Contest Winners

Posted by [email protected] on July 4, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi there!

Sorry our updates and news items have been unattended. Below are the winners from the last three months.


APRIL 2017

Alan Perry - Cacti

Charles Firmage - Last Summer Roses

David Byrn - What is Xanthic?

Gail Denham - Grandma's Kitchen

Von Bourland - Tin Top Road

Mark Hudson - The Salem Sonnet & Discussing Guinea Pigs Over Eel

Ann Penton - Watching the Lake Ice Up & Haiku "The pup assembles"


MAY 2017

Charles Firmage - Memories

Janet McMillan Rives - Like a String on My Finger

Gail Denham - Letting Go

Ann Penton - Pondering the Ending

Von Bourland - No Winter Song Sounds

David Byrn - The Sycamores

Jane Stuart - To the Last Troubador

Paul Callahan - Dawn

Kim Soisin - Why Didn't We Ask?


JUNE 2017

Mark Hudson - Loss of Art

Ann Penton - Upturned Canoes & "X" is the Unknown

Charles Firmage - Chasing Lady Luck & Cafe Down the Street

Mariana Warner - Conundrum

David Byrn - Amused by My Muse

Paula Ashley - After My High School Reunion & Memories of a School Girl


I'll have a little more time in the coming months, so expect to see me posting more often!

Christy

March 2017 Monthly Contest Winners

Posted by [email protected] on April 21, 2017 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

March 2017 Sandcutters Winners are:


Paula Ashley - The China Cabinet

 

Janet McMillan Rives - Journey

 

Von S. Bourland - Wind Break

 

Charles Firmage - Evening Shadows

                              Woods and Trolls

 

David Byrn - Boisterous Reverence

 

Mariana G. Warner - The Feminine Mistake

 

Jane Stuart - A Merry Morning

                     An Early Morning (cinquain)

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our monthly contest and congratulations to the winners! Checks are on the way!

 

January & February 2017 Monthly Contest Winners

Posted by [email protected] on March 11, 2017 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Hello!

I've been very busy the last several months with, you know, LIFE and school and my fulltime job and family. But here are the monthly winners for the last two months. Certificates and checks for February winners will be in the mail on Monday, 3/13.


Thank you to everyone who participated and keep writing, keep submitting!


JANUARY 2017 MONTHLY CONTEST WINNERS


Life Traces                                             Janet Rives


Teddy Bear on the Train                   Mark Hudson


Treasure of the Sierra Madre           David Byrn

What is Buff?

Sawdust


A Leg to Stand On                                Ann Penton


New Winter Moon                               Charles Firmage


Forgetting                                              Mariana Warner

What Happened

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2017 MONTHLY CONTEST WINNERS


In the Corner, a Piano                         Ann Penton

Haiku, “hummingbird feeder…”


Helen Keller                                           Mark Hudson


Friendship                                             Paul Callahan

Autumn Window

Golden Poppy Sonnet

                                                           

An Evening Yesterday                        Jane Stuart                                                         


Arizona on my Mind                           Eva Marie Willis                                               


Endangered                                           David Byrn                                                         

 

August 2016 Sandcutters Winners

Posted by [email protected] on September 12, 2016 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Thank you to all ASPS members who enter our monthly contests! Here are the winners of the August contest.

Alan Perry - Dark Awakening

Jane Stuart - Giornale

Paul Callahan - The Polar Flight

Walter Ralston - Susitation

Charles Firmage - Portal Through Time & Time's a Train

David Byrn - What is Sable?

Janet Rives - First Steps

Mark Hudson - Dumpsters and Dante


There is no monthly contest for October, November and December. Please participate in the annual contest and hope to see you at the fall conference on November 19th!

July 2016 Sandcutters Winners

Posted by [email protected] on July 31, 2016 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are our winners for July. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Rhonda Brown - In Appreciation of Not-So-Small Things

David Byrn - Teacher and What is Taupe?

Paul Callahan - My Brother

Charles Firmage - Trying to Come Home and Atrophy

Alan Perry - In Sink

Janet McMillan Rives - Belle

Jane Stuart - Inside Summer's Moon


These poems will be published in our journal, Sandcutters, one copy available to our members for free. Additional copies can be purchased in our Web Store.

Also, don't forget to look over our Annual Contest. Deadlines come quicker than you think!


May & June Sandcutters Winners

Posted by [email protected] on June 29, 2016 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Here are the winners of the May Sandcutters contest:

Charles Firmage: It's a Long Walk & Whichever Way the Wind Blows

Alan Perry: Wolfen

Gail Denham: Music of the Bees

Paul Callahan: An Old Arizona Poet

Jane Stuart: From 'Jottings' & The Vanished

David Byrn: Mountain Top

Gail Denham: Round and Roundabout


Here are the winners of the June Sandcutters contest:

Alan Perry: Summer Flavor & Olneya tesota (Desert Ironwood)

Paul Callahan: Downpour & Nature's Dance

Jane Stuart: Far Away & Silver Circle

Gail Denham: Forest Calls

David Byrn: What is Pistachio? & Seefeld


Congratulations to all our winners! We encourage all ASPS members to participate in the monthly contest. It costs $0. Winners receive $5 per poem and the winning poems are published in our beautiful Sandcutters, which make great gifts!

December 2015 Poetry Missive

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December 2015 Poetry Missive

 

Hoppy Owlidays, Furry Chipmunks, Blesséd Bees, Bah Bug HUMs, and I'm not getting any sillier than that!

 

There have been changes. New or one-time poetry events happening this month. Some old friends are on hiatus. Others may have slipped through the bars and are off to new adventures. So read over carefully, mark your calendar, and if you see I've missed something (like I did last month), be sure to zoom me an email. Unless the holidays are delayed, this is one missive that will have to do.

 

Coming up this next weekend on Friday, December 4th, is the 2nd Annual RISE! Intercultural Poetry & Art Show at the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre. Enjoy a slice of our city's diverse community through poetry, art, music, and storytellers. The $5 (cash please) door fee comes with a raffle ticket for some awesome prizes. You can buy more raffle tickets to support the evening's performers, and purchase coffees and treats from Tres Leches Café, also all cash. Like Christmas, this only comes once a year. Oh, and did I tell you that the puppets are awesome, too?

 

There are some other regular events, but some will be closed for Christmas, like the UA Poetry Center and most anything connected with the universities, so puh-leeeze check to be sure the event is happening. I keep telling y'all to just tell me. MOST of the time I do get your notices into the missives.

 

Finally, I've wrapped it all up with The Basement!

 

Metaphors be with you and Hippy Ewe Ear!

Christy White, aka Miz Treaz

for Arizona State Poetry Society

[email protected]

 

 December  December  December 

 

 

EVENTS

All events are FREE unless otherwise noted!! Also, if it is outside, check to see that the heat (or a surprise storm) has not postponed the event.

 

PLEASE CHECK to make sure these events are still on!

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

FLAGSTAFF, Flagstaff Poetry Slam @ Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 East Route 66, sign up 7 pm, the fun starts at 8 pm. Sponsored by Necessary Publishing. For more info: 928.774.2266

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2

PHOENIX, Undiscovered Phoenix @ The Film Bar, 815 N. 2nd St., 5 pm. An evening of short films, poetry, and discussions of the undiscovered stories of downtown Phoenix. Hosted by Rosemarie Jeana. Limited space, so register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1a6ccwoZJIp5YOrcfs9j_zsSd96sFQg8Et7UVpxSo-VQ/viewform

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

PHOENIX, 2nd Annual RISE! Intercultural Poetry & Art Show @ Great Arizona Puppet Theatre, 302 W. Latham St., 7 pm, $5 (cash only). Poetry, dancing, music, art, live painting, refreshments from Tres Leches Café and a raffle! So much fun packed into one night! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Phoenix College Adopt-A-Family program which assists refugee families settled in Arizona.

 

SEDONA, First Friday Poets Corner @ Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road. Join a casual group of poets and share your poetry. Call for time and more information: 928.282.3809 | 888.954.4442

 

TEMPE, First Friday Poetry @ Changing Hands, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., 7 pm. The Non-Existence of Luz presented by Giancarlo Huapaya. There will be no open reading this evening. For other interesting events and workshops sponsored by Changing Hands, visit http://www.changinghands.com/

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5

PEORIA, SCAPS, a branch of the Arizona State Poetry Society @ Casa Senior Living, 12751 N. Plaza del Rio Blvd., 9 - 11 am. All poets and poetry lovers welcome.

 

TUCSON, Tucson Poetry Society @ Bookman's on East Speedway, For more information, contact Stuart Watkins, 520.818.0844 or [email protected] A branch of the Arizona State Poetry Society.

 

TUCSON, Po-e-tree: "Poetry and Science @ UA's Arboretum, 3:30 - 5 pm. Meet in front of Old Main and participate in a moving poetry event honoring Alison Deming, former director of the UA Poetry Center and current Professor in Creative Writing at UA.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 14, 21, 28

FLAGSTAFF, Open Mic Night @ The Museum Club, 3404 E. Route 66, 8 pm. Poetry, music, comedy and more, it's all welcome. Sorry, kids, it's a 21 & over event. For more info, visit http://www.themuseumclub.com/

 

SEDONA, Young Voices Be Heard @ Sedona Public Library, Quiet Study Room, 3250 White Bear Rd, 4 pm. Young poets 13 - 19 are invited to come and share their works, but the group is open to oldsters, too!

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8

PHOENIX, P.E.N. Uptown Emerging Poet Showcase @ Practical Art, 5050 N. Central, 7 pm. There will be an open mic before the feature. Jake Friedman, the voice behind Four Chambers Press, is your host. [email protected]

 

PRESCOTT, Open Reading @ The Peregrine Book Company, 219A N. Cortez, 5:30 pm. Open mic poetry. Monthly event. Host is Dan Seaman; for more info call the book store at 928.445.9000

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10

ORO VALLEY, Winter Light: Poems for the Season @ Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr., 2 pm. Join UA Poetry Center docents for a discussion poets and their poetry. For more info, 520.594.5580.

 

TUCSON, Student & Teacher Reading @ UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St., 7 pm. Original poetry and prose read by participants and teachers in this last season's workshops.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11-13

PHOENIX, Phoenix Festival of the Arts @ Margaret Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Ave., hours for each day vary. Performances, vendors, art, dance, storytelling, poetry, and food!

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11

PHOENIX, Caffeine Corridor @ {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave., 7 pm. Open mic followed by features. Open mic hosted by Bill "The Man" Campana. Feature poets hosted by Jack "Zebras" Evans and Shawnte "Spaceman" Orion.

 

PHOENIX, Organic Poetry @ The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. 1st St., 8 pm, $5 donation. Featured artists & poets participating with an open mic. Hosted by Jules Dinehdeal.

 

YUMA, Poetry Circle @ The Foothills Library, 13226 E. South Frontage Rd. 1 pm. On your way to San Diego? Stop in and share a poem, write a poem, meet some poets! For more information, call 928.342.1640.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

FLAGSTAFF, Poet's Den @ The Wine Loft, 17 N. San Francisco, Upstairs. If you want to read but don’t have a poem picked, we’ll pick one for you! Thrown into the mix will be a LIT-CENTRIC OPEN MIC: All Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Etc. Welcome! For more information and time, call 928.773.9463

 

PHOENIX, Infuse Open Mic @ Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St., 5:30 pm sign up, mic opens at 6 pm. Music, poetry, dance, theatre, comedy, more poetry and music…in a great theatre setting! Hosted by one of the most positive men I know, Jason Lalli! An event to be at!! For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/700295640093007/

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14

SCOTTSDALE, Mustang Poets @ Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St., 6 pm. Poetry discussion and bring 8 - 10 copies for gentle critique or just bring poetry to read. A lively and welcoming branch of the Arizona State Poetry Society. Christy White is your host, [email protected]

 

TEMPE, Poetry Roundtable @ Changing Hands, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., 6:30 pm. Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. For more info: [email protected]

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17

KINGMAN, Open Poetry Night @ Mohave County Library, 3269 N. Burbank St., 6 pm. Read your own or someone else's poetry. Ongoing event, 4th Thursday of every month. http://events.azfamily.com/Open_Poetry_Night/281592683.html

 

MESA, District 4 Poetry Reading @ Jarrod's Coffee Tea & Gallery, 154 W. Main St., 7 pm. Featuring Laura Tohe and Bill Campana and a limited open mic. Sponsored by Jarrod's and Anthology.

 

PHOENIX, Monthly Open Mic: Arts, Letters & Culture Event @ Dog-Eared Pages Used Books, 16428 N. 32nd St. #111, 5 pm. Perform, read, dance, sing, tell stories while enjoying the featured artist of the month. For more info, 602.283.5423

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19

TEMPE, East Valley Poets @ Pyle Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., 9:30 am - 12 pm. Get to know local poets and hear their poetry. All are welcome! Hosted by Jim Platt.

 

TUCSON, Restorative Poetic - Writing Humanity: a writing workshop with Samiya Bashir @ Fluxx, 414 E. 9th St., 1 - 4 pm, $75. Using your experiences and insights, meditation and collaboration, create poems of power. Sponsored by Casa Libre en la Solana.

 

TUCSON, Samiya Bashir & Jennifer Casale @ Casa Libre en la Solana's Fair Weather Reading Series, 228 N. 4th Ave., doors open at 6:30 pm, reading begins at 7 pm. For more information, visit: http://casalibre.org/programs/fairweather/3Dec15/dec15.html

 

 

 

THE BASEMENT - check it out!

 

Four Chambers Press Call for Writers - in partnership with the downtown Phoenix contemporary art space and collective, eye lounge, they will be pairing 11 local authors with artists to create and produce an ekphrastic work for a show during Art Detour in March. Deadline to apply is DECEMBER 9TH!!!! Ohmii! To apply send an email to: [email protected]

 

Haiku Poetry Expo 2016 is calling for submissions for the Arizona Matsuri 32nd Annual Festival of Japan. Last year's book of poetry winners was a beautiful piece and was so successful that they are doing it again. For more information, visit www.azmatsuri.org. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.

 

Phoenix Center for the Arts is a great place to try out a new art form (to enhance your poetry, of course!) or maybe teach a workshop on an art form. I note that they have NO POETRY workshops and they are open to more instructors. Visit their website to find out more: http://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/

 

Arizona Citizens for the Arts provides a platform for arts advocacy in government in the state. Want to know more or are you politically passionate about arts but don't have a place for all that energy? Visit http://azcitizensforthearts.org/ to learn more and see if this is an organization for you.

 

Poetry Out Loud fosters the next gen poets and literati. For more information (teachers are you paying attention?), visit http://www.azarts.gov/arts-learning/poetry-out-loud/

 

Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson holds poetry readings and other events. Check them out here: http://casalibre.org/

 

Tupelo Press supports poets and poetry events. Fall writing conferences are coming up! Take a look at what they do here: http://tupelopress.wordpress.com

 

A Room of Her Own Foundation is the sponsor of some interesting writing projects and contests. To learn more, go here: http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/about/

 

Beatlick Press for writers who have something to say and where poets and poetry hit the road! http://www.beatlick.com/

 

Poets & Writers Magazine for great info about writing, interviews, contests, workshops and so very much more! http://www.pw.org/magazine

 

Poets.org is a great site for poetry and poetry information, and a daily poem in your ebox!

 

The Weekly Avocet is an online publication of contemporary nature poetry and quotes published by Charles Portolano. If you would like it sent to your email address, let Charles know by emailing him at [email protected], and he accepts nature poetry as well!

 

The Avocet, a Journal of Nature & Poetry, is accepting submissions for the printed issue of the Fall Journal. For more information, email Charles Portolano at [email protected] There are guidelines you must know!!

 

UA Poetry Center always has a lot going! Website - http://poetry.arizona.edu/calendar-of-events

 

The Blue Guitar Magazine, http://www.theblueguitarmagazine.org/index.html

 

Four Chambers Press in Phoenix always seems to be everywhere in the Valley of the Sun. If you want to know what's up next for them, visit: http://fourchamberspress.com/

 

This is what I have for you, my poets and friends. If I knew of more, I'd give it. I recommend you check out the links, or just sit quietly and find your writing space. More love and poetry in January! Tell it!

 

August 2015 Poetry Missive - Rest of the month!

Posted by [email protected] on August 21, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

August 2015 Poetry Missive

 

My very dear poet friends,

 

Have you ever found yourself in a dry spell…similar to a California dry spell? Do you know what that is? I do. It's two things really. You are either not filling your creative tanks up so that you have plenty of ideas and inspiration to carry you OR you haven't let all those creative ideas out onto paper or computer screen, whichever you use most. Seriously, stop running around talking about how you can't write and let those poems settle into your "soft animal bodies" (with a nod to Mary Oliver). Your best poetry is yet to come. I need to remember this, too. I haven't been writing more than a poem or two a month in quite a while, but the inspirations are stirring in me like dragon's blood…magical and thick with words, phrases, metaphors, similes, rhythm, song, power! I challenge you to immerse yourself in poetry…read it, listen to it, watch it on the internet, go to some of the open mics and poetry events, have a cuppa and a scone with a poet, rent a movie about a poet's life. Let the uncertainty of the August weather, hot…hot…wet?...haboobish…hot, stir your words and thoughts up and let that dragon out!

 

There is so much poetry happening that I know I will miss someone's event. I apologize in advance, but I am also reminding you that if you don't tell me, I can't tell anyone else. The reason I write this monthly, and sometimes with a mini in the month, is that I am passionate about poets connecting and poets being community with ALL of the quirkiness each of us brings. We inspire each other, we inflame each other, we are the family of WORD and it's not always comfortable, but it is always better than hiding your poetry away.

 

Oh, my, I'm a bit wordy tonight. I'm writing this as the blue moon and the promise of rain dance in the sky. Must be their influence!

 

I have to say it here, the Arizona State Poetry Society's 2015 Annual Contest is up and running. The categories and rules & guidelines are on the website at www.AZpoets.webs.com. Pretty, pretty please, let all your poetry peeps, poetry groups, poetry classes, poetry onlines, poetry blogs, and dad blame poets know about this contest. Deadline has been extended to September 30th!

 

And don't forget to check out The Basement where you find all sorts of interesting links, contests, conferences, requests for submission and more!

 

Metaphors be with you!

Christy White, aka Miz Treaz

for Arizona State Poetry Society

[email protected]

 

AUGUSTAUGUSTAUGUSTAUGUSTAUGUST

 

 

EVENTS

All events are FREE unless otherwise noted!! Also, if it is outside, check to see that the heat has not postponed the event.

 

PLEASE CHECK to make sure these events are still on as some may have gone on vacation!

 


MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 31

FLAGSTAFF, Open Mic Night @ The Museum Club, 3404 E. Route 66, 8 pm. Poetry, music, comedy and more, it's all welcome. Sorry, kids, it's a 21 & over event. For more info, visit http://www.themuseumclub.com/

 

PHOENIX, Cultiv8 Culture Open Mic @ Third Space, 1028 NW Grand Ave., 7:00 pm. Music, poetry, DJs, storytellers and more, all are welcome. Hosted by Jermaine Kelly & Melvin Raymond.

 

PHOENIX, Pink Slip Open Mic @ Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. 5th Street, 8 pm, $1 at the door. Most anything goes and no subject is off limits. That means you must be adult of mind, at least! First 15 to sign up are on stage and every performer gets 5 minutes…no more! Everyone is welcome and poets, you will be up against some loco performers so get your game poem on! For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475230392775544/

 

SEDONA, Young Voices Be Heard @ Sedona Public Library, Quiet Study Room, 3250 White Bear Rd, 4 pm. Young poets 13 - 19 are invited to come and share their works, but the group is open to oldsters, too!

 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

FLAGSTAFF, Flagstaff Poetry Slam @ Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 East Route 66, sign up 7 pm, the fun starts at 8 pm. Sponsored by Necessary Publishing. For more info: 928.774.2266

 

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 28

PHOENIX, Phoenix Mountain Poetry Walks (Meet Up Event) @ St. Stephens Church, 8141 N. 16th St., 7 AM! Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, this is an early morning 2 hour easy walk to inspire. Sign up at: http://www.meetup.com/Phoenix-mountain-Poetry-walks/ PLEASE CHECK…SUMMER MAY BE TOO TOO HOT HOT

 

COTTONWOOD, Open Mic Night @ Chae's Coffee Plus, 1100 S. State Road 260, Ste. C5 (behind Jack in the Box in the Fry's Plaza), 5:30 pm sign up, 6 - 8 pm open mic. Poets and musicians are welcome! Hosted by barista and singer-songwriter, Sara Marcy. For more info: http://www.chaescoffeeplus.com/

 

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27

PHOENIX, Convergent Arts Slam @ Fair Trade Community Kitchen, 1020 N. 1st Ave., 7:30 pm. See above or see here, but you must sign up to be on the mic! www.facebook.com/convergentarts or www.convergentarts.org. Visit the website for workshop info, too!

 

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Women's Equality Day Celebration & Poetry Reading @ Botts Hall of the Special Collections Library, 423 Central Ave NE at Edith, 1:30 - 4 pm. Featured will be Albuquerque Word Weavers and an open mic hosted by Jules Nyquist. Bring your poems about women's rights! 4 minute limit. (Poets, just in case New Mexico calls, here's a reason to go visit!)

 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

TUCSON, Arizona Poet Laureate, Alberto Alvaro Rios on "Magical Realism in the 21st Century" @ Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., 5:30 - 7 pm. Co-sponsored by the Whitman Circle Summer Social & the UA Poetry Center. Refreshments will be served.

 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 27

PHOENIX, Monthly Open Mic: Arts, Letters & Culture Event @ Dog-Eared Pages Used Books, 16428 N. 32nd St. #111, 5 pm. Perform, read, dance, sing, tell stories while enjoying the featured artist of the month. For more info, 602.283.5423

 


FRIDAY, AUGUST 28

PHOENIX, Phoenix Poetry Series @ {9} The Gallery, 1229 NW Grand Ave., 7 pm. Great feature poets every month. Hosted by Rosemarie Jeana.

 

 

 


THE BASEMENT - check it out!

 

Arizona State Poetry Society's 2015 Annual Contest now open for submissions. For information about categories, guidelines & rules, mailing, etc., visit azpoets.webs.com. Deadline for poems to be received has been extended to September 30, 2015!

 

Blue Guitar Jr. is seeking literary and arts submissions for its next annual issue for children. and teens. Submissions are being accepted from children and teens, and adults who write for children and teens. Deadline is October 1, 2015. For more info: www.theblueguitarmagazine.org.

 

Phoenix Center for the Arts is a great place to try out a new art form (to enhance your poetry, of course!) or maybe teach a workshop on an art form. I note that they have NO POETRY workshops and they are open to more instructors. Visit their website to find out more: http://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/

 

Arizona Citizens for the Arts provides a platform for arts advocacy in government in the state. Want to know more or are you politically passionate about arts but don't have a place for all that energy? Visit http://azcitizensforthearts.org/ to learn more and see if this is an organization for you.

 

Poetry Out Loud fosters the next gen poets and literati. For more information (teachers are you paying attention?), visit http://www.azarts.gov/arts-learning/poetry-out-loud/

 

Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson holds poetry readings and other events. Check them out here: http://casalibre.org/ THEY ARE ON BREAK FOR PART OF THE SUMMER.

 

Tupelo Press supports poets and poetry events. Fall writing conferences are coming up! Take a look at what they do here: http://tupelopress.wordpress.com

 

A Room of Her Own Foundation is the sponsor of some interesting writing projects and contests. To learn more, go here: http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/about/

 

Beatlick Press for writers who have something to say and where poets and poetry hit the road! http://www.beatlick.com/

 

Poets & Writers Magazine for great info about writing, interviews, contests, workshops and so very much more! http://www.pw.org/magazine

 

Poets.org is a great site for poetry and poetry information, and a daily poem in your ebox!

 

The Weekly Avocet is an online publication of contemporary nature poetry and quotes published by Charles Portolano. If you would like it sent to your email address, let Charles know by emailing him at [email protected], and he accepts nature poetry as well!

 

The Avocet, a Journal of Nature & Poetry, is accepting submissions for the printed issue of the Fall Journal. For more information, email Charles Portolano at [email protected] There are guidelines you must know!!

 

UA Poetry Center always has a lot going! Website - http://poetry.arizona.edu/calendar-of-events THE CENTER IS ON BREAK IN JULY.

 

The Blue Guitar Magazine, http://www.theblueguitarmagazine.org/index.html

 

Four Chambers Press in Phoenix always seems to be everywhere in the Valley of the Sun. If you want to know what's up next for them, visit: http://fourchamberspress.com/

 

That's quite a lot, right? And you thought the summer was quieter…so did I! I'm truly impressed with all that poetry going on just in Arizona. Wonder what's happening in other states?

 

March 2015 Poetry Missive

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March 2015 Poetry Missive

Oh, my, the choices we have, Poets!

To say this is a busy month for anyone wanting to get out there and read or listen to poetry is hardly touching the tip of the poetry-berg! You can travel from Kingman to Flagstaff to Sedona to Phoenix to Tucson to Sierra Vista and there's something going on with lots of choices as to time of day. And the varieties of poetry? Well, it's like a box of flowers from all over… traditional to slammies!

HEY, did you know Buddy Wakefield and Myrlin Hepworth are coming to our state? Flagstaff's got them booked for March 20th and on the 19th in Phoenix, too (more about that later!). If you want to know where your passion for performance poetry can go, one of these events is a must see!

As usual, if you know of something poetry going on around the state, let me know! I'll send a mid-month update becuz something is always missing! Like the Cowboy Poetry stuff…who is doing that and wants me to let the poetry public know? Keep me informed!

And remember to visit The Basement…more stuff!

Metaphors be with you!

Christy White, aka Miz Treaz

for Arizona State Poetry Society

[email protected]

MARCH

EVENTS

All events are FREE unless otherwise noted!!

PLEASE CHECK to make sure these events are still on or create your own happening!

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 9. 16, 23, 30

FLAGSTAFF, Open Mic Night @ The Museum Club, 3404 E. Route 66, 8 pm. Poetry, music, comedy and more, it's all welcome. Sorry, kids, it's a 21 & over event. For more info, visit http://www.themuseumclub.com/

PHOENIX, Cultiv8 Culture Open Mic @ 9 The Gallery, 1229 NW Grand Ave., 7:30 pm. Music, poetry, DJs, storytellers and more, all are welcome. Hosted by Jermaine Kelly & Melvin Raymond.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3

GLENDALE, Words in the Alley Open Mic @ A Shot of Java, 7003 N. 58th Ave., 7 pm, open mic followed by feature. Hosted by Tristan Marshell. This is outside, so bundle up and patronize our barista for warming drinks.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 11, 148, 25

FLAGSTAFF, Flagstaff Poetry Slam @ Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 East Route 66, sign up 7 pm, the fun starts at 8 pm. Sponsored by Necessary Publishing. For more info: 928.774.2266

THURSDAY, MARCH 5

TUCSON, Shame Every Rose: Images from Afghanistan @ UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St., 6 - 7 pm. An exhibition of photographs by Seamus Murphy illustrating the landay, a clandestine form of oral poetry practiced by the Pashtun women. Featuring a short talk by Seamus Murphy and author Eliza Griswold, screening of a film titled Snake, conversations and an opportunity to view the exhibition. Co-sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies & the Poetry Foundation.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 13, 20, 27

PHOENIX, Phoenix Mountain Poetry Walks (Meet Up Event) @ St. Stephens Church, 8141 N. 16th St., 7 AM! Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, this is an early morning 2 hour easy walk to inspire. Sign up at: http://www.meetup.com/Phoenix-mountain-Poetry-walks/

FRIDAY, MARCH 6

PHOENIX, 4 Chambers presents Poetry & Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., tours at 6:30 pm & 7:45 pm. Meet in the lobby to begin the tour. A number of writers will be featured. To find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/622458191220226

TEMPE, Somaya Ramesh & Farzana Marie: Loading Poetry Like Guns @ Changing Hands Bookstore-Tempe, 6428 S. McClintock, 7 pm. Presenting a collection of Afghan women's poetry translated from Persian. For more info: http://www.changinghands.com/event/fridaypoetry-mar2015

SATURDAY, MARCH 7

PEORIA, Sun Cities Area Poetry Society @ Casa Senior Living, 12751 N. Plaza del Rio Blvd., 9 - 11 am. All poets and poetry lovers welcome. This is a branch of the Arizona State Poetry Society. Gene Gant, president: [email protected]

PHOENIX, Downtown Poetry Slam @ The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. 1st St., sign up at 9 pm, taking the mic at 9:23 pm. RD is your slammy scorekeeper. Poems no longer than THREE (3) MINUTES!! There will be sacrifices.

SEDONA, Sedona Poetry Slam @ Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. Route 89A, Suite A3, 7:30 pm. If you are performing, get there earlier to sign up or contact Christopher Fox Graham at [email protected] Building the team!

SIERRA VISTA, Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering @ Buena Vista High School Performing Arts Center, 5225 E. Buena School Blvd., MARCH 6, 7 & 8! For more information, visit: http://www.cowboypoets.com/index.html

TUCSON, Tucson Poetry Society @ UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St., 10:10 am. Bring at least 8 copies of a couple of poems for gentle critiques. For more information, contact Stuart Watkins, 520.818.0844 or [email protected] A branch of the Arizona State Poetry Society.

TUCSON, Poetry in the Garden @ Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, 10 - 11:30 am. Free with admission to the gardens. Discussion of environmental poetry and its implications and insights for today. Pen & notebook recommended. Sponsored by the UA Poetry Center.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8

PHOENIX, Infuse Open Mic @ Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St., 5:30 pm sign up, mic opens at 6 pm. Music, poetry, dance, theatre, comedy, more poetry and music…in a great theatre setting! Hosted by the most positive man I know, Lalli!

MONDAY, MARCH 9

SCOTTSDALE, Mustang Poets @ Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St., 6 pm. Poetry discussion and bring 8 - 10 copies for gentle critique or just bring poetry to read. A lively and welcoming branch of the Arizona State Poetry Society. Christy White is your host, [email protected]

TEMPE, Poetry Roundtable @ Changing Hands Bookstore-Tempe, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., 6:30 pm. Bring a poem to workshop. For more info: [email protected]

TUESDAY, MARCH 10

PHOENIX, P.E.N. Uptown Emerging Poet Showcase @ Practical Art, 5050 N. Central, 7 pm. There will be an open mic before the feature. Jake Friedman, the voice behind Four Chambers Press, is your host. [email protected]

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

PHOENIX, Poetry Out Loud State Finals @ Herberger Theatre, 222 E. Monroe St., 7 pm. Enjoy the poetics of our state youth competing to find out who will represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC, in April, National Poetry Month. For more info: http://www.azarts.gov/arts-learning/poetry-out-loud/ Sponsored the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

TUCSON, Poetry and Politics of Water with Ofelia Zepeda @ UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St., 7 pm. Reading, book signing and reception.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

PHOENIX, Caffeine Corridor @ {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave. (parking in back), 7 pm. Open mic followed by feature poets. Hosted by the Grand Trio, Bill Campana, Jack Evans & Shawnte Orion.

PHOENIX, Organic Poetry @ The Firehouse Gallery, 1015 N. 1st St., 9:25 pm. Open mic with featured artist/poets. Hosted by Jules Dinehdeal.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

AVONDALE, Second Saturday Open Mic @ Mosaic Arts Center, 12 E. Western Ave., 7 pm. A new open mic Avondale's Second Saturday ArtWalk. Hosted by in infamous poet, M C Tristen Marshell.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15

PHOENIX, Downtown Phoenix Open Mic @ The Herberger's Kax Stage, 222 E. Monroe St., (entrance to KAX on Van Buren) 4:00 pm. Celebrate the season and bring poems, a song, prose, a joke or two, magic trix, music, even your short film! Mimes welcome, too! Christy White will be the host of the day.

PHOENIX, Readers' Theatre: Irish Stories & Poems @ Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Ave., 2 pm. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with stories and poems read by Don Erickson, Barbara Acker, Paula Glitsos & Stuart Grant.

MONDAY, MARCH 16

PHOENIX, Luis Alberto Urrea @ Changing Hands Bookstore-Phoenix, 300 W. Camelback Ave., 7 pm. Reading and book signing of Luis' new book, The Tijuana Book of the Dead, about life on the border.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

GLENDALE, GCC Free Association Open Mic @ Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave., Student Union, 7 pm. Open mic plus featured readers from Midnight Metaphors, the GCC annual arts publication, Rasheda Poe & Charles D. Threat, Jr. Hosted by Shawnte Orion and sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at GCC.

PRESCOTT, Open Reading @ The Peregrine Book Company, 219A N. Cortez, 5:30 pm. Open mic poetry. Monthly event. Host is Dan Seaman; for more info call the book store at 928.445.9000

SIERRA VISTA, Cowboy Tales, Poetry & Songs by Steve Conroy @ Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus, Room 702, 12 - 1 pm. Free lunchtime presentation. For more information: 520.515.5492.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19

PHOENIX, New Deal Poetry & Prose Open Mic @ Union 32 Coffee, 3230 E. Union Hills Dr., 7 pm. Open mic plus feature poet. Hosted by Ed Tankersley. https://www.facebook.com/groups/newdealopenmic/

FRIDAY, MARCH 20

FLAGSTAFF, Buddy Wakefield with Myrlin Hepworth @ Firecreek Coffee Company, 22 E. Route 66, 7 pm. Tickets available soon. Join the spoken word artists as they storm Flagstaff. For more info, visit Firecreek Coffee Company.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

TEMPE, East Valley Poets @ Pyle Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., 9:30 am - 12 pm. Get to know local poets and hear their poetry. All are welcome! Hosted by Jim Platt.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

TUCSON, Edge: Emerging and Younger Writers @ Casa Libre en la Solana, 228 N. 4th Ave., 7:30 pm. Featured writers:Xander Felton, Ben Rutherford & Jody Thompson. Curated by Melissa Buckheit. For more information on the reading and other events at Casa Libre, visit: http://casalibre.org/

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

KINGMAN, Open Poetry Night @ Mohave County Library, 3269 N. Burbank St., 6 pm. Read your own or someone else's poetry. Ongoing event, 4th Thursday of every month. http://events.azfamily.com/Open_Poetry_Night/281592683.html

PHOENIX, Convergent Arts Inaugural Event @ Fair Trade Community Kitchen, 1020 N. 1st Ave., 7:30 pm. See above or see here, but you must sign up to be on the mic! www.facebook.com/convergentarts or www.convergentarts.org.

ORO VALLEY, "Poetic Voices" Oro Valley Poetry Series @ Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr., 2 pm. Monthly series of discussions. This month "Conversations with Nature: Mary Oliver" is the feature. For more information, contact the library at 520-594-5580.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

PHOENIX, Phoenix Poetry Series @ {9} The Gallery, 1229 NW Grand Ave., 7 pm. Great feature poets every month. Hosted by Rosemarie Jeana.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28

PHOENIX, Miss Thee Phoenix: The Kundalini Bite @ The Bookstop, 3018 N. 16th St., 11 am - 1 pm. Join this Tucson author's reading of her collection of spiritual poetry and insights. For more info: 602.274.7530.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

PHOENIX, 7th Annual Blue Guitar Festival of the Arts @ Desert Ridge Marketplace, District Stage, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., 12-4 pm. The Arizona Consortium for the Arts is sponsoring a free event featuring musicians, artists, literary works and dance. Readings from the Blue Guitar Magazine as well as performances by local artists. To learn more, visit: www.artizona.org or www.theblueguitarmagazine.org

THE BASEMENT - check it out!

The Arizona Matsuri Haiku Expo committee has been receiving lots of Arizona inspired haiku over the past few weeks and to allow for more entries they have extended the submission deadline to MARCH 7th. Please visit the Haiku Expo website and submit up to 3 original haiku (in English and/or Japanese language) online. All residents of Arizona are eligible to enter this expo free of charge. Outstanding and honorable mention entries from each category to be displayed at the Arizona Matsuri Festival in downtown Phoenix on MARCH 21-22, as well as on the Arizona Matsuri website. All the details on the Haiku Expo, including submission guidelines, lesson plans and online entry form can be found here: http://www.jotformpro.com/form/43006071401942

NFSPS College/University Undergraduate Level Poetry Competition is open for submissions until MARCH 15. There will be two awards given for manuscripts of 10 poems, winners will receive $500 plus publication of the winning manuscripts as a chapbook and receive 75 copies, and will read from their work at the 2015 NFSPS Annual Convention in June. Submissions MUST be made through Submittable or in paper. To learn more about this competition, visit http://www.nfsps.com/college-university_competition.htm

I-Park 2015 Environmental Art Program, Deadline: March 9, 2015

I-Park, East Haddam, CT (U.S.), is pleased to announce its 2015 Environmental Art Biennale Program, fifth in the series. It will consist of a 3-week on-site residency during which a variety of site-responsive, ephemeral works will be created and installed within the I-Park landscape. The program will culminate in a public exhibition on September 20, 2015. Artists working in all the creative disciplines supported by I-Park’s Artists-in-Residence Program, plus performance art, are welcome and encouraged to apply: visual arts including environmental sculpture and moving image, architecture, sound art/installation, inter- and multi-disciplinary practice, language arts and landscape/garden/ecological design. Between 12 and 15 artists will be selected for this curated residency and exhibition. A stipend of between $2,200 and $3,000 will be awarded to each artist or collaborating team, depending on their particular travel circumstances. Application fee: $30 (U.S.). Program and application materials are available at http://www.i-park.org. Contact: Leslie Wolf, [email protected], 860-873-2468






Arizona State Poetry Society is supporting our newly reorganized Tucson chapter with a state poetry contest using our favorite theme, “The Southwest” You may enter as many unpublished poems as you wish, using any form, but sticking to the theme. GUIDELINES: Line limit is 40. (1)Submit $5.00 by check to the contest chairman, for each poem entered and mailed by June 1st. (2) Send two copies of each poem, with the poet’s contact information on the right hand corner of the second copy only. There will be just one winner in this contest, who will receive half of all entry fees collected. The winning poem will be printed in Sandcutters, our ASPS quarterly. Contest chairman: Stuart Watkins, 36251 S. Golf Course Dr., Tucson, AZ 85704 [email protected]

Rat's Ass Review, an online poetry journal, is currently soliciting submissions to its Spring reading period, which ends June 21, 2015. Submission guidelines and other information regarding Rat’s Ass Review are available at Rat’s Ass Review. Roderick Bates, Editor

2015 Great River Shakespeare Festival/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest is now accepting entries, DEADLINE JUNE 1. There is no entry fee and there is a total of $2,000 being offered in prizes in several categories. Submit your SONNETS to GRSF/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, Ted Haaland, Dir., PO Box 827, Winona, MN 55987-0827 or via forms on the web page: www.sonnetcontest.org

BBDO, an online ad agency, has contacted me about using poetry in some print ads. They are finding local, up-and-coming artists with big dreams and giving them an opportunity to have their work displayed in their region. If you are interested, please contact [email protected]

Tucson Festival of Books is March 14 & 15 this year. To find out information about the festival, go to http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

Phoenix Center for the Arts is a great place to try out a new art form (to enhance your poetry, of course!) or maybe teach a workshop on an art form. I note that they have NO POETRY workshops and they are open to more instructors. Visit their website to find out more: http://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/

Arizona Citizens for the Arts provides a platform for arts advocacy in government in the state. Want to know more or are you politically passionate about arts but don't have a place for all that energy? Visit http://azcitizensforthearts.org/ to learn more and see if this is an organization for you.

The Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration is now accepting submissions for its annual writing contest, which invites work in three categories: poetry, short story and memoir. The writing contest deadline is March 2, 2015. The cost is $5 per entry, and it includes cash prizes for winners. First-place winners also have their work published in Mirage, Cochise College’s literary and arts magazine. For contest guidelines, visit www.cochise.edu/cwc. To enter the writing contest, authors must also register to attend the 2015 Creative Writing Celebration, set for March 27 at the City of Sierra Vista’s Ethel Berger Center and March 28 at the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus. For more information about the Creative Writing Celebration, email [email protected] or call Beth Orozco at (520) 255-6060.

Poetry Out Loud fosters the next gen poets and literati. For more information (teachers are you paying attention?), visit http://www.azarts.gov/arts-learning/poetry-out-loud/

Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson holds poetry readings and other events. Check them out here: http://casalibre.org/

Tupelo Press supports poets and poetry events. Take a look at what they do here: http://tupelopress.wordpress.com

A Room of Her Own Foundation is the sponsor of some interesting writing projects and contests. To learn more, go here: http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/about/

Beatlick Press for writers who have something to say and where poets and poetry hit the road! http://www.beatlick.com/

Poets & Writers Magazine for great info about writing, interviews, contests, workshops and so very much more! http://www.pw.org/magazine

Poets.org is a great site for poetry and poetry information, and a daily poem in your ebox!

The Weekly Avocet is an online publication of contemporary nature poetry and quotes published by Charles Portolano. If you would like it sent to your email address, let Charles know by emailing him at [email protected], and he accepts nature poetry as well!

UA Poetry Center always has a lot going! Website - http://poetry.arizona.edu/calendar-of-events

The Blue Guitar Magazine, http://www.theblueguitarmagazine.org/index.html

That's all she wrote, chickees!


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